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I take an active  approach  in order to build trust and a feeling of being truly listened to with  compassion and understanding.  Whether brief or longer term work,  I believe in a strength based approach to support  greater satisfaction, more enriching relationships and a fuller experience of your potential.

Different approaches are helpful to different people and circumstances.
I am skilled in a wide variety of approaches and methods such as cognitive-behavioral  and psycho-dynamic insight oriented therapy,  mindfulness and the use of visual imagery.   I believe in using adversity as healing agents of  change to:

Working through unresolved childhood hurt and grief can remove their impact. You can use this knowledge to make mindful choices and turn negative thought patterns and behaviors into positive ones.  I believe we are all wise to be life-long learners.  Learning to handle difficult feelings and problems creates self confidence and builds inner strength.

Over the course of over 25 years in clinical practice,  I have had the satisfaction of seeing my clients live happier lives and achieve their goals. You can learn to reclaim a stronger inner foundation and obtain the skills to more fully develop  your potential and building lasting happiness.


Since, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life, I first request we meet to build a foundation of understanding, both of your child’s needs and your concerns.

Children often come to the office very upset, anxious, or angry with their parents,  assuming they are being brought because they are in trouble or have something wrong with them.  With younger children, I  find they are relieved to find a child-friendly environment that engages their curiosity and puts them at ease.   Confidence to share develops as they experience my interest and appreciation of their unique approach to a new environment  and  their observations.  As they become interested and acquainted with the variety of puppets and  miniatures  in my office, I introduce them  to the many personalities they have and the qualities they often share with the children.  Together we often help put the animals at ease and in the process begin a journey of having them help each other.


Common to both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindulness Practice is the principle that we do not have to believe all.our thoughts. They are, in fact, often sources of misinformation that throw us off track and create suffering. These are often referred to as “cognitive distortions.” It is often difficult to confront these by ourselves or with family or friends.

Because our brains are constantly generating thoughts, it is valuable to be aware that over ninety percent of our thoughts are repetitive, su bjective messages to ourselves.based on conditioning.. Research shows that feelings stem from thoughts and the more positive our “self talk,” the better we feel.

Within the context of a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, I support taking a step back to identify and dispute irrational thought patterns. We can begin to actively identify those which are constructive and helpful to us versus those which are distorted, irrational and counterproductive.
This process can be key to more satisfying relationships, greater self esteem and a fuller experience of your potential.

See article on Cognitive Distortions


In Mindfulness Meditation, we create quiet space, free of distractions, to sit and observe our thoughts. We take a step back and non-judgementally notice thoughts but focus on letting them drift away . Learning the discipline to not resist them or engage with them is a learned skill.

When we shift from automatically believing thoughts, we move our perspective away from immersion in our daily drama to being part of a greater whole. This allows us much more potential for a feeling of well-being in our lives.

Making a calming place of silence with attention to our breath and bodies is the gateway for accessing our unique creativity to respond to life’s never-ending surprises, endings and new beginnings. Mindfullness meditation enables us to bring our most resilient self forward for this task.

Experiencing the Light Meditation

Centering Meditation